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Postcard from Gaza (2:58) South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accused Israel of practising apartheid in its policies towards the Palestinians. The Nobel peace laureate said he was "very deeply distressed" by a visit to the Holy Land, adding that "it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa". The Israeli military, meanwhile, began withdrawing from the West Bank town of Hebron today, a day after troops entered the Palestinian city, killing...
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Enron "Whistleblower" Before Congress Kata Mester reports from Capital Hill on the testimony of Sharon Watkins before the House of Representitives Milosevic: Clinton?s the War Criminal The Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has hit back at his accusers, on the third day of his trial at the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague. He told the court Nato justified its 1999 conflict with Yugoslavia with an "ocean of lies". Geraldine Coughlan was in the courtroom????.....
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State of the Union, State of War President George W Bush's first State of the Union speech has prompted angry reactions from those singled out as "sponsors of terror" - particularly Iran and Iraq who, along with North Korea, were described as an "axis of evil".Iran's Foreign Minister said: "With these arrogant remarks, the American Government unmasks its true face and proves its desire to spread its hegemony through the entire world."But the Congress' leading...
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Bush: "No Wonder I Think They?re Evil" President Bush toured the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea today. He reiterated his belief that North Korea is evil but said the United States has no intentions to invade the nation. However, he also said North Korea must demonstrate it does not intend to threaten its southern neighbor or as the US will honor its commitment to defend South Korea. Alan Lewkovitz files this report from the Korean DMZ. The Legality of Executing...
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THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION: OIL, GAS, AND ENRON 4:14 How influential was the Texas based- energy trading giant, ENRON, in the White House? As the Department of Justice and members of Congress investigate ENRON?s collapse, critics are scrutinizing the relationships other big energy companies have with the Bush Administration?Kata Mester has more in Washington:: HOW SOUTHER SUDANESE FEEL ABOUT THE U-S BOMBING KARTHOUM 3:04 Despite a stated ceasefite brokered between the Sudanese government and rebel...
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Free Speech Radio News lineup - Tuesday, April 16, 2002Free Speech Radio NewsTuesday, April 16, 2002Download MP3 file of newscast (13Megabytes) Israeli military officials confirmed today that they have reopened a desert dentention camp to hold some of the 1000?s of Palestinians rounded up during the past weeks West Bank Sweeps. The camp held about 1000 palestinians from 1987 to 1993 and was clsed in 1996. Prisoners in that camp were held 26 to a tent, exposed to searing heat in summer and...
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Environmental Groups Sue US Government The United States has received much criticism at the UN Earth Summit underway in Johannesburg. Today US Congressman Dennis Kucinich lay into the Bush Administration for their environmental policies and, in a surprising move, Greenpeace yesterday joined forces with the corporate lobby to attack the United States for ditching the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Meanwhile here in the US, Greenpeace has joined with more traditional ally, Friends of the Earth...
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Roe v Wade Turns 31(4:00) Today is the 31st anniversary of the legalization of abortion by the United States Supreme Court in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Roe recognized that the right to make childbearing choices is central to a woman?s life and her ability to participate fully and equally in society. Before Roe between 5,000 and 10,000 women died per year following illegal abortions and many more suffered severe injuries. Yet last November, President Bush signed into law the first...
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President Bush Addresses the Nation(0:55) Earlier today, President Bush addressed the nation.He laid out his peace plan for two separate states to bring peace to the Middle East.Notably Bush referred to the actions of Israel as an occupation.Yet he went on to demand that Palestinians act first to end violence in the region. New Incursions by the IDF(4:05) Two Israeli helicopters killed six Palestinians in a missile strike in the southern Gaza Strip today. This latest operation followed an...
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US BOMBING CONTINUES3:36 US War-planes continue their intensive bombing in the North of Afghanistan today in an effort to force the Taliban out of the key city Mazar-e-Shareef. This, as the Taliban say the airstrikes are having little effect on their forces, but continue to scores of civilians. Meanwhile, calls continue to come from Muslim leaders for a healt to the US bombing. Jeremy Scahill reports. US RAIDS IMMIGRANT WIRE SERVICES 3:59 Police raided storefront businesses in five states as...
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Bush Signs Authorization Bill President Bush signed the "Authorization for the use of Military Force Against Iraq" today, the culmination of what some critics found to be a less than great debate in the United States Congress on the use of force. Although the United States has shown some willingness to proceed with the United Nations, many observers now see war as imminent. Gareth Schweitzer reports from Washington. Emergency UN Debate on Iraq Seeking a voice in what has so far been a...
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INDIA MOVES MISSILES TO THE BORDER (2:46) Nuclear powers India and Pakistan are raising the stakes in their war of words. Shots were sent across the shared border yesterday. Now both sides are massing troops. India says it has pointed its guided missiles toward Pakistan, and Pakistan has also reportedly moved its medium range missiles closer to the border. Meanwhile, peace groups in both countries have called for an immediate end to war-mongering and concrete steps to defuse tension. Sputnik...
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?The Afghan Situation We spoke to Pratap Chaterjee in Mazar e Sharif about the situation on the ground there, how Afghans feel about the US and the need for aid. ?Powell in India Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is very encouraged that war can be averted between India and Pakistan after his latest visit to the region en route to Tokyo for a donors meet on devastated Afghanistan. For the first time since the crisis erupted between the two nuclear rivals, India raised the possibility of a...
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CIA Agent Sues Feds A CIA agent is suing the federal government saying he was targeted for retaliation after refusing to write disinformation about Iraq?s weapons program. Victoria Hood reports from D.C. Same-sex Marriage in Canada Same-sex marriage in Canada is one step closer to full legal recognition nationwide. From CKLN, Kristin Schwartz has more. Hashing Out Kyoto Protocol Global environmentalists and leaders of industry are stating their case to international leaders in the lead up to...
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OMAR EVADES CAPTURE (2:26) Taliban leader Mollah Omar has slipped through the net of the interim government's troops who hoped to capture him this weekend.Additionally, Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts are a mystery.But fighting continues in eastern Afghanistan, as does the build-up of foreign troops.Tony Cross tells us more. BUSH VISITS PORTLAND (3:28) Over the weekend in Portland, Oregonians wanted to let President Bush know they were not happy with some of his policies, but they were not...
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DAY TWO OF US BOMBING OF AFGHANISTAN 4:14 Jeremy Scahill reports. US TELLS UN IT WILL BOMB OTHER COUNTRIES Susan Wood reports from the UN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS MARCH AGAINST WAR IN NYC Kata Mester reports from New York KASHMIRI MILITANTS ANGRY AT US ATTACKS Sputnik Kilambi reports from Shriniggar. 14,000 MARCH AGAINST US BOMBING IN EGYPT Steve Negus reports from Cairo. TURKISH ANTI-WAR DEMO CANCELLED AFTER 1,000 POLICE TURN OUT James Smoot reports from Istanbul. FRANCE SENDS SPECIAL FORCES...
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Mexico's President Vicente Fox broke his silence over newspaper workers who are trapped in their offices in Oaxaca, Mexico.Fox received pressure from international human rights groups to intervene in the blockade of newspaper staff held by pro-government activists.Noticias is one of the few newspapers to report on government corruption.Fox told the governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, to resolve the situation and added that not allowing them to publish is a violation of their freedom of speech....
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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and center-left opposition leader Shimon Peres have agreed to team up in promoting a unilateral plan to withdraw from the occupied Gaza Strip. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza City. At the United Nations, the Palestinian ambassador formally criticized the wall being built by the Israeli goverment and condemned by the International Criminal Court. Haider Rizvi has more from the U.N. Further evidence surfaced over the weekend that US House Majority Leader Tom...
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New Dawn for Kenya (3:18) In what many are calling the beginning of a new era, Kenyans went to the polls today to elect a new leader.President Daniel arap Moi is stepping down after 39 years of what human rights activists call dictatorial rule.Uhuru Kenyatta is the handpicked successor of Moi, and the son of Kenya's founding president, Jomo Kenyatta. The only real opposition to Kenyatta is 71-year-old Mwai Kibaki. With the polls now closed in Kenya we go to human rights activist, journalist,...
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Brits Sue Blair Over Soldiers? Deaths The widow of a British soldier killed yesterday in Iraq has just publicly blamed Tony Blair for her husband's death. And today, relatives of other soldiers killed in Iraq announced they will sue the Prime Minister over the legality of the war. From London, Naomi Fowler has more. Iraqi Government Sworn-In Iraqis were sworn in today as the first elected government.Leading the new Shi-ite majority, new Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said he wants to help...
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Students End Hunger Strike Georgetown University students ended their 9-day hunger strike after university officials agreed to an immediate wage and benefit increase for school employees.Ingrid Drake reports from the D.C. Radio Coop. Canada Denies Refugee Status to US Soldier A U.S. conscientious objector has lost the first round in his bid to receive asylum in Canada.Kristen Schwartz has more from CKLN. Pinochet Granted Immunity Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has again been granted...
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UN Peace Keeping Mission to Haiti Today, the United Nations Security Council agreed to send as many as 8-thousand soldiers and police officers to Haiti for a so-called peace keeping mission. Secretary General Kofi Annan requested a 2 year commitment, but the Council only approved the mission for 6-months.Brazil is expected to lead the force that will replace U.S. troops who went into the country in February.The consortium of Caribbean nations, known as CARICOM, has so far refused to acknowledge...
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COLIN POWELL IN NEW DELHI(4:18) After a brief visit with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, US Secretary of State Colin Powell today arrived in India today with the message that there must be dialogue between India and Pakistan, particularly on the issue of Kashmir. Powell?s visit comes as tensions along the India-Pakistan border have risen dramatically, with India?s amred forces shelling Pakistani positions.India has stressed that US must go beyond Afghanistan in its efforts against...
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Sri Lanka's president declared a state of emergency today, threatening the island's shaky ceasefire with the rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Her political rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe, is hoping to meet President Bush in Washington to protest the moves. Miranda Kennedy Last quarter's economic growth rate of seven-point-two percent was supposed to herald the rebirth of the American economy. So what happened to all the jobs? John Hamilton of Workers Independent News...
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US Bombs Villiage as Hunt for Omar Continues (1:02) The United Nations has weighed in on the weekend bombing of a small villiage in Eastern Afghanistan. The Pentagon claims, B-52 bombers hit Taliban targets, but the United Nations disagreed saying the 53 Afghans killed were civilians. The U.N. criticism came amid a growing number of calls by Afghan leaders for the United States to limit its aerial attacks if it cannot prevent harm to civilians. Meanwhile, Afghan officials said a breakthrough...
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100's of Thousands of Ukrainians March for Fair Election The Ukrainian opposition leader, Viktor Yushchenko took the presidential oath today in a symbolic move, then waved to hundreds of thousands of his supporters in a Kiev Square. Ukrainians continued to march for a second day on the Parliament. Today's line stretched two miles out from the Parliamentary steps and continues to grow. International election observors from the European Union and the United States said yesterday that the current...
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G8 & African AIDS Drugs The Group of Eight concluded its two-day summit by endorsing the New Partnership for Africa's Development, or NEPAD, offering billions of dollars in aid to nations that embrace capitalism.Activists called the G8 agreement a revised version of the old model of foreigners dictating what others must do, backed by vague promises of aid that never materializes. Critics also say the G8 plan fails to emphasize the AIDS pandemic in Africa and that the only initiative...
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Today, D.C. residents held a parade to mark the anniversary of the end of slavery in the district. Gladys L. Brooks from the DC-Coop reports. Spain?s new socialist Prime Minister promises sweeping social reforms including gay marriage and stronger domestic violence laws.From Madrid, David Oancia reports. The Chinese government announced they will begin wide-spread HIV testing after a decade of denying the very existence of AIDS in the country.Severine Brandon reports from Beijing. Nike?s labor...
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Bush To Bomb Iraq- Without Support (4:09) President Bush announced today he plans to go ahead with his war against Iraq with or without support from the United Nations. The announcement comes as George Bush releases the National Security Strategy of the United States of Americawhich formally links his war on terrorism with global capitalism and calls for a policy of pre-emptive war around the world. This as Saddam Hussein yesterday told the United Nations that Iraq is free of nuclear,...
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced they are rejecting the Terry Schaivo case. This is the fifth and likely the last time the issue can go before the high court.A Florida state court rejected a bid to reinsert her feeding tubelater in the day and a request by the states? governor Jeb Bush and the Department of Children and Families to take control of Terry Schaivo. U.S. government officials kept quiet about several hundred tons of genetically modified corn that was mistakenly distributed to U.S....
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U.S. Supreme Court Gives Police More Power The U.S. Supreme Court handed broader search powers to police when stopping motorists.Victoria Jones reports from D.C. Venezuelan Protests for Sovereignty During a demonstration in support of Venezuelan sovereignty, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez accused the Bush Administration of provoking tensions in the region. Greg Wilpert reports from Caracas. Warnings of Violence in Kosovo Violence could flare up again in Kosovo unless the international...
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Opposition leader and anti-Syrian Saad al-Hariri claimed victory Monday in Lebanon's elections, beating pro-Syrian Christian former minister Suleiman Franjieh. The anti-Syrian party also won parliament, which breaks Syria's hold over the country. The campaign of Hariri was built on the popular energy of the demonstrations that took place after his father Hariri's assassination over Syrian troop presence and with hopes of changing Lebanon's political system. And in Iranian elections, a run-off...
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As Ahmed Al-arawi reports from Baghdad, charges by the U.S. military that the armed resistance is coming from Saddam Hussein loyalists are false. Fewer U.S. workers will be eligible to collect overtime cash once new legislation, promoted by the Labor Department goes into effect.Pamela Barnett reports from D.C. The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law requiring minors seeking abortions to notify their parents first, saying it violated the teens' right to privacy.Mitch Perry reports from...
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US BOMBS HEATH CLINIC 2:39 Thirteen civilians including five women and children were killed today when a US jet bombed a medical dispensary and a neighbouring house. The Afghan Red Cresent Society clinic and the house were destroyed in the attack, one of two waves of bombing raids over the Southern City of Khandahar around dawn. The Taliban's Ambassor to Pakistan said today that 1,300 Afghani civilans have been killed in four weeks of US airstrikes. Jeremy Scahill has more. PAKISTAN TELLS...
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Iraq's Warheads Questioned Iraq today promised more cooperation with UN weapons inspectors, agreeing to allow private interviews with Iraqi scientists and to enact laws banning weapons of mass destruction. The move comes as the UN's chief Inspectors wrap up a two-day visit to Baghdad, described as a last-ditch effort to avoid war.The U.S. is stepping up military preparations ahead of the inspectors' report to the security council next week on Iraq's compliance with disarmament demands. Susan...
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The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA board is holding anemergency meeting today in response to Iran resuming work on a uraniumconversion plant. The board is discussing a draft resolution presentedby the European Union which warns Tehran against resuming the uraniumproject. Iran has responded that they are willing to continuenegotiations with the EU3 - Germany, France and Britain, and with theEU, but on its own terms. Joining us to talk about these developments isNorman Soloman,...
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PRISON UPRISING IN BRAZIL A prison uprising is now in its third day in the Brazilian city of Porto Velho . A group of prisoners took control of the Urso Branco facility on Christmas during visiting hours and continue to hold approximately 200 hostages, mostly prisoners' relatives. They are demanding the return of Ednildo Paula Souza, an inmate who was transferred from the prison last week, after his recapture following a successful jailbreak earlier this month. Souza is said to have led a...
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Interview with Hans Von Sponeck(3:03) The Senate Foreign Relations committee will hold hearings beginning Wednesday on a potential US war against Iraq. The hearings are being billed as a fact-finding investigation, but the list of announced speakers includes no voices opposed to US military action. Today, anti-war groups across the country participated in a national call-in day aimed at pressuring the committee to call experts who say that there is no justification for a US attack on Iraq. One...
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15,000 March in DC to Demand Reparations (4:25) This past Saturday over 15,000 people rallied on the steps of the Capitol in Washington DC in the first ever Millions For Reparations March. Politicians, spiritual leaders, lawyers and grassroots activists joined together to demand the American government and corporations that profited from slavery recognize they are guilty of a crime against humanity and repent by paying reparations to African Americans. Nadja Middleton was there and files this...
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SHIITE MOSQUE ATTACKED IN BAGHDAD A double suicide bombing at Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad today killed at least seventy people. David Enders reports. The bombing came a day after a bombing in Najaf, near one of the holiest shrines in Shiite Islam, that killed ten people and was at least the third bombing of a Shiite mosque this week. The mosque belonged to the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, one of the country's two main Shiite parties. The mosque bombings have both...
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FOOD CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a special alert today, warning that millions of people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa. Severe droughts, depletion of livestock herds, and crop failure along with the effects of regional conflicts have led to critical food shortages in the area. The FAO estimates that in the east African countries of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti over 11 million people are in need of...
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Arafat Update There are conflicting reports today regarding the condition of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. A spokesperson for the military hospital treating him said in the evening that Arafat?s condition had been stable for the past twenty-four hours, declaring ?the state of health of president Arafat has not worsened.? Palestinian envoy to France Leila Shahid denied Arafat was brain dead and said he is in a reversible coma. Arafat has not named a successor, but some of his powers over...
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Urban Warfare ? Baghdad Under Siege (4:04) Reports coming in from Baghdad that say US troops have invaded Iraq?s capital city today. The US say they have taken 2 palace complexes of Saddam Hussein. There are reports of violent confrontations in various neighborhoods of Baghdad as many residents of the city have holed up indoors. Urban Hamid, a Swedish Freelance journalist joins us from the Hotel Palestine in Baghdad where it is now night time and he reports all has been quiet for the last...
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The Arab League Summit and the Palestinian Right of Return The Arab League summit in Beirut unanimously endorsed a Saudi-inspired plan for Middle East peace today, offering Israel normal ties and full peace in exchange for complete withdrawal from occupied Arab land, a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and a fair solution for Palestinian refugees. The declaration calls for Israel's agreement to a "just solution" to the Palestinian refugee problem in line with a 1948 UN...
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The fighting is raging on in the occupied Gaza strip where today 8 more Palestinians were killed during this fifth day of the most recent incursion by the Israeli military. Representatives of the armed group that threatened to shut down oil installations in Nigeria?s Niger Delta region say they will take up arms again if the government fails to reach the terms of a cease-fire signed last week. The Nigerian government hurriedly signed a cease-fire with the group known as the Niger Delta...
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Protests Against NATO The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is meeting this week in Prague marking the first NATO summit behind the former Iron Curtain. NATO just passed a resolution pressing Iraq to comply with UN inspectors or face serious consequences. Meanwhile, several peaceful street demonstrations are taking place against the summit. FSRN's Charles Michael Ray has this story from the streets of Prague. National Anti-War Student Day of Action The Christian Science Monitor is reporting...
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SUSPECTED WAR CRIMINAL EXTRADITED TO THE HAGUE A Bosnian Serb accused of leading a paramilitary group that killed dozens of Muslims during the Bosnian war has arrived from Argentina at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Zoran Culafic reports from Belgrade. Bosnian Serb, Milan Lukic, has been transferred today to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. Lukic was arrested last year in Argentina after almost seven years on the run and is now facing...
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The Irish Republican Army announced that they will give up its armedcampaign and enter the political arena.The organization fought Britishrule over Northern Ireland. Abattle that has lasted for 30 years.Theysaid they will work through democratic and peaceful means. Muslim groups in the United States and Canada issued a Fatwah todaycondemning violence. Jake Connelly has the story from Washington, D.C. The House of Representatives passed the energy bill, the firstrestructuring of the United...
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Spain, a major coalition member in the Bush orchestrated occupation of Iraq, has announced they are packing up and leaving the Middle Eastern nation. David Oancia reports from Madrid. The ACLU argues for same gendered marriage in Oregon. Andy Seaton reports from KBOO, in Portland. Tampa City police officers arrested 3 more people who were trying to serve free meals to the homeless without a permit. WMNF?s Mitch Perry reports from Tampa. A South African community radio station executive director...
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More on Tsunami Aftermath Aid agencies said they were forced to airdrop food and other assistance into flood ravaged areas of Indonesia devastated by Sunday?s tsunami. Remote areas of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India are still unreachable. Official estimates of those who have lost their lives is now surpassing 100-thousand people. We?ll have more on the recovery efforts and living in the aftermath coming up. Update on Iraq Iraqis determined to thwart elections with violence faced off with Iraqi...
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Bush Inaugurated Today Costing nearly $40 million dollars, today is the most expensive Presidential inauguration in the nation?s history, and comes at a time when the U.S. Is facing the largest spending deficit in its history. President bush?s inaugural address made references to his plans to reform social security, raised the possibility of more foreign interventions, and used religious language to justify u.s. policy abroad. (AUDIO) A poll of 21 countries published yesterday by the BBC shows...
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Voucher Victory(2:21) The United States Supreme Court handed fans of school vouchers a major victory today. The Court held that public money can be used toward tuition at religious schools. Advocates for separation of church and state call the Court's decision its worst in fifty years. The Bush Administration favors vouchers for private and religious schools. But critics of today's ruling call it a step toward privatizing important functions of government. Joshua Chaffin reports from the...
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Snow Confirmed as Treasury Secretary (3:01) On the heels of yesterday's approval by the Republican controlled Senate Judicial Committee of conservative judicial nominee to the Appeals Court, Miguel Astrada, the Bush Administration moved further to the right today as President Bush's new Secretary of the Treasury won confirmation. John Snow, former railroad executive,replaces former secretary Paul O'Neil who resigned in December 2002. Snow is expected to strongly advocate for Bush's economic...
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Reportedly, 12 hostages in Iraq have been released, seven of them Chinese. So far, more than 30 people from a variety of countries have been taken hostage in Iraq. In this most recent wave of hostage takeing, a dozen people from China. Severine Bardon reports from Beijing. General John Abazaid has formerly made a request for 10-thousand U.S. soldiers to stay rather than come home in the area near Fallujah -- the site of the most recent attacks against U.S. and coalition occupying forces. In...
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Abu Ghraib Abuse "Ringleader" in Court The alleged ringleader of the U.S. military abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib faced a Fort Hood court today. Renee Feltz reports from KPFT. Judges Help Airlines Cancel Union Contracts Bankruptcy court judges, supervising economically strapped airlines, discard union contracts leaving some to worry about the viability of organized labor. Sarah Turner has more. Reproductive Rights Activists Protest FDA Activists working for reproductive...
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We uploaded a montoge of voices of African women with AIDS, produced by Rupert Cook (please credit him if you use it), which we ran last June. Please feel free to air it for World Aids Day. Download the 6:17 long file. US BOMBS AFGHANISTAN AS TALKS CONTINUE IN BONN (3:04) While Northern Alliance forces push into the city of Kandahar, UN Officials say the fourth day of talks on the future government in Afghanistan inching towards a conclusion, but many afghan groups say the peopel ofAfghanistan...
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Update on Palestine Awad Duabes reports. Congress on Hiring for Religious Groups James Collum reports. Enron Under Fire Again Christopher Martinez reports. Toxic Portable Classrooms Kellia Ramares reports. Congress Forgets Child Tax Credit for Poor In Congress debate continues on a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. Everyone agrees prescription drugs should be covered under Medicare, at least in part, but Democrats accuse the GOP of using the prescription drug issue to partly...
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House Passes Class Action Bill The House of Representatives approved the "Class Action Fairness Act of 2005? this afternoon. The bill will now go to President Bush who is sure to sign it into law. Shirley Chang reports from Washington DC. Lula Sends Troops to Troubled Brazilian Region While many in Brazil are mourning the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, they question why, after so many assassinations, there has not been more attention to the violence in the area. Natalia Viana reports from...
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RIOTS SPREAD BEYOND PARIS Urban violence in France spread beyond the Paris region last night, with cars being set ablaze in several parts of the country. Tony Cross reports from Paris. G8 TRIALS Testimony was heard in two trials this week relating to allegations of police misconduct during Genova's G8 protests in 2001. Manuela Aldabe send this report from Genova. IVORY COAST NEGOTIATIONS The President of Nigeria has arrived in Ivory Coast to try to broker a political deal that will be...
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The Oregon state Supreme Court has tossed out close to 3-thousand marriage licenses issued to same sex couples in one county.Judges ruled that even if a county has questions about the constitutionality of the state?s marriage laws officials have no authority to change them.Last year, Multnomah county officials handed out marriage licenses to nearly 3-thousand same sex couples until a judge ordered them to stop.Oregon voters opted to approve a constitutional amendment to make marriage in the...
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Investors call for Grasso's resignation -- Kellia Ramares Rally on Capitol Hill re: Medicaid cuts for cancer care -- Jay Tamboli US veto at the UN Canadian same sex marriage safe -- for now -- Kristin Schwartz Walmart illegally muzzled employees -- John Hamilton WTO to Regulate Media? Yesterday's Senate vote has many media democracy advocates across the US cheering as their elected officials chose to overturn the FCC's recent easing of media ownership requirements.However, an un-elected body...
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SENATE HEARING ON SO-CALLED SOCIAL SECURITY CRISES Today on Capitol Hill, senior employees at the Social Security Administration told Senators that the organization is being manipulated to deliver a political message that current and future benefits are at risk and the only solution to this so-called crisis is privatization. Jenny Johnson reports. WHITE HOUSE WON?T APPEAL FCC RULING The Bush administration will not ask the Supreme Court to allow controversial rules to take effect that would...
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Medicaid Scandal: $23 Billion Cut Accounting scandals across the nation rock the health industry, resulting in a proposed $23 billion dollar cut in Medicaid funding.Karen Mitchell explains from Capitol Hill. Aftermath of Spain Bombings The people and politics of Spain are still in flux days after the train bombings and power shifting elections.David Oancia reports from Madrid. Aristide Supporters Excluded from New Government Haiti?s newly appointed leaders installed a new government, avoiding...
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Chaos in Baghdad (1:56) Tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad today following morning prayers to protest the US occupation as the United states works to install an interim military government. The Guardian reports that Iranian President Mohammad Kahatmi accused the United States of ?taking an aggressive stance? saying that Tehran ? will not recognize a US installed administration in Iraq.? This, on the heels of a discovery of a mass grave, containing at least 1500 bodies...
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Bush Opens Public Lands To Mining Interests -- Mitch Jesserich With another late Friday afternoon announcement, the Bush administration angers environmentalists with its ruling to allow mining companies to dump more toxic waste. Mitch Jeserich is in Washington. Ghettopoly -- Ama Buadi The controversial game Ghettopoly sparked protests throughout the nation and even toy giant, Hasbro, is hot under the collar. Ama Buadi files this report. Swiss Peace Accord -- Oula Farawati Leading Israeli...
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Ready to Take Port-au-Prince An armed resistance to President Jean Bertrand Aristide is poised to rush the capitol Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Their leader, Guy Philippe says they want to arrest Aristide on corruption and other charges.The Associated Press reports that Philippe says the attack is NOT imminent. The leader reportedly says, "We're just going to take our positions and wait for the right time." UN Discusses Haiti The United Nations Security Council is meeting concerning the...
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Cubans Protest Bush Cuba Policies Today, a reported one million Cubans marched in rallies organized by the Castro government proclaiming their objections to new policies passed down by the Bush administration against the island nation. Joseph Mutti reports from the demonstrations in Cuba. Cuba UN Rep. Defends Socialist State Cuba?s United Nations representative said Cuba will defend its socialist state no matter what the United States government threatens. Haider Rizvi reports from the U.N....
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Protests Over Power Shift in Togo There are mixed reports from Togo today about protests and demonstrations marring the transfer of power in the country.Some reports from the capital Lome indicate that the protests against the appointment of the late presidents son shut down the main market and businesses. Other news sources say it was business as usual today with only schools being shut down for safety reasons. Over the weekend Africa?s longest serving head of state General Gnassingbe Eyadema...
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PREVAL DECLARED WINNER IN HAITI Early this morning, Rene Preval was declared the winner of last week's presidential election in Haiti. He rose above the 50%-plus-one margin necessary to avoid a runoff after tens of thousands of blank ballots were removed from the official tally. Preval will be the first elected president to take office since the 2004 ouster of Jean Bertrand Aristide. NEW OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN MEXICO In Mexico, a federal office charged with...
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ANTI-TORTURE AMENDMENT The White House agreed today to accept Senator John McCain's amendment to ban torture of detainees held by U.S. forces. Darby Hickey reports from Washington DC. The Bush administration has been resisting the Senate-approved anti-torture amendment, proposed by Senator John McCain. Calling for an exemption from the rule for CIA interrogators, the President was dealt a blow yesterday when the House overwhelmingly passed a non-binding measure in support of the McCain...
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STRANDED PASSENGERS CROSS LoC IN KASHIMIR The line of control in Kashmir opened briefly today to permit 24 people to cross over. Shahnawaz Khan has more. WEST BANK ASSASSINATIONS As steps are taken to improve freedom of movement in the Gaza Strip, violence continues in the West Bank. Manar Jibrin has the latest. ITALIAN STUDENTS PROTEST Thousand of students demonstrated today in more than 80 Italian cities in opposition to reforms to the public education system. SALVADORAN STUDENTS OCCUPY UES...
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The evacuation of all 21 settlements in Gaza and 4 in the West Bank is complete. Israel?s Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, said bulldozing Of the settlements will take 10 days followed by a military pull out. He said he expects Gaza to be in complete control of the Palestinians by September. Israel?s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel will maintain control of the remainder Of the West Bank. Palestinians hope to also recover control of the West Bank. European Union negotiating countries...
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Another View from Baghdad (4:04) Even as US military reports indicate control over Baghdad, violence is still widespread throughout the country.According to reports from the red cross inside Iraq, there is rampant looting and lawlessness in Baghdad as the central hospital was ransacked this afternoon.This as Iraqi Shia Muslim leader Abdul Majid al-Khoei and another cleric were found murdered in the central Iraqi town of Najaf. The BBC is reporting that an unconfirmed number of US marines have...
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MASS GRAVE DISCOVERED IN NAMIBIA A mass grave, thought to date back to the Apartheid era, has been uncovered in Namibia. Na'eem Jeenah reports from Johannesburg. COMMEMORATION OF ARAFAT'S DEATH Palestinians REMEMBER Yasser Arafat TODAY, ONE YEAR AFTER HIS death. Manar Jibrin reports. PUBLIC GATHERINGS BANNED IN PARIS Paris police have banned public gatherings tomorrow, although calm is returning to France after a 2 weeks of urban violence. NOLA AID WORKERS ALLEDGE HARRASSMENT New Orleans relief...
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WEST REACTS TO TEHRAN The Bush administration and the government of British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, have both made statements indicating that the United Nations Security Council will take up the matter of Iran's decision to resume nuclear activity. This comes the day after Iran angered Western leaders by breaking the UN seals at a nuclear research facility. Even Russia, usually an ally of Iran in international disputes, has voiced concern about the move. Tehran claims the research is to...
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